TSCRA Crime Watch: 6 Polaris side-by-side UTVs stolen in NE Texas


TSCRA Special Ranger Toney Hurley, Dist. 12 in Northeast Texas, reports the theft of 6 Polaris side-by-side utility task vehicles (UTV) from a property near Sulphur Springs in Hopkins County. Some time during the early hours of Nov. 23, a thief or thieves cut a fence to steal  two Red Rzr 170s, a Blue Rzr 170, a Blue Rzr 1000, a Titanium Rzr 1000 and an orange and black Ranger Highlifter 900. Serial numbers are available upon request. If you have any information regarding this case, please call Special Ranger Hurley at 903-945-3236. Anonymous tipsters may also call the Operation Cow Thief hotline at 888-830-2333. A cash reward is offered for information leading to an arrest and/or grand jury indictment. Anonymity is guaranteed.

Cattle theft still a problem, but preventable


The Abilene Reporter-News talked to Special Rangers Scott Williamson and Joe Roberts about cattle theft, how TSCRA Special Rangers are on the case, and the best ways to prevent becoming a victim. Read more at the Abilene Reporter-News…

US groups oppose beef imports from Namibia


Several cattle and farm organizations, including the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) last week voiced opposition to a proposed rule that would allow imports of fresh beef into the U.S. from Namibia, a country in southwest Africa. The concern stems from the presence of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) in nearby regions.  Read more at the Western Livestock Journal…

Invasive pest giant silvinia found at Lake Fork in East Texas


The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TWPD) has confirmed the presence of giant salvinia in Chaney Branch on Lake Fork. The infestation appears to be confined to this branch and another small cove west of the dam and occupies an estimated 3.25 acres. Judging by the distribution and age of the plants, it is apparent it has been in place for several months. As is the case for other introductions in East Texas, the plants were most likely introduced to the lake by boat trailer. Boaters and fishermen traveling with their boats this holiday are reminded to take precautions to prevent the spread of this destructive pest. Read more…

US Drought Monitor and Summary for Nov. 24, 2015


A strong upper-level low pressure system funneled Gulf of Mexico moisture into the central U.S. at the beginning of this USDM week, triggering widespread heavy rains and severe weather. Two to 5 inches of rain fell on Nov. 17 from eastern Texas to Missouri eastward to Mississippi and Illinois. Abnormally Dry (D0) was removed from eastern Texas and southeastern Oklahoma. The rain in southeast Oklahoma contributed to Broken Bow and Hugo Lakes returning to near- to above-normal pool stage. Read more…

It’s what’s for dinner: Simple, elegant beef roast


Try this grat recipe for a simple, elegant holiday beef roast your guests are sure not to forget. TxBeef.org

Texas crop, weather, for Nov. 24, 2015


Thanks to plenty of rain at the right times, the 2015 hunting season has been a “jubilee year” for the white-tailed deer crop. It’s been a very good year for other types of hunting, as well, including quail. Dr. Jim Cathey, AgriLife Extension wildlife and fisheries program leader at College Station, says it’s definitely worth getting a hunting or fishing license, not only for the importance of going out there and enjoying wildlife recreation, but also for the contribution the hunter conservationist makes back into the management of wildlife. Read more…

Check Out Your Checkoff: Farm to Fork


The Texas Beef Council (TBC) hosted 28 registered dietitians from the Houston area at a recent Farm to Fork tour. The tour began with attendees learning more about beef nutritional attributes through a ‘Lean Matters’ presentation. Experts in animal and meat science also presented a beef industry overview before the group traveled to Hungerford to visit the J.D. Hudgins Ranch. Read more…

Staying healthy before, during and after the hunt

photo courtesy Oklahoma State University

Many folks experience hunting fever this time of year. They are just itching and scratching to get to their deer stands and pick out this year’s winner, or walk the grasslands in search of their feathered target. While the hunting fever is hypothetical, without proper care, for hunters, and their dogs, the illness could become a reality. There are a few handy tips hunting enthusiasts should keep in mind to prevent disease from ticks, insect bites or consumption of sick wildlife. Read more…

AgriLife Extension seeks to resolve underground fire mysteries


Wildfire destruction above ground appears obvious, but what happens underground after a major fire is still somewhat of a mystery. That’s why Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service range specialists are taking a deeper look at wildfire recovery. Read more…

TDA Market Recap, Nov. 23, 2015

Texas Department of Agriculture

For the week ending Nov. 21, 2015, Texas auctions quoted feeder cattle prices $3 to $15 lower, with one instance of $5 to $7 higher. Wholesale beef values were lower, with Choice Grade losing $5.90 to close at $203.14 per cwt and Select Grade losing $5.04 to close at $190.95 per cwt. For the period of Nov. 6-12, 2015, net sales of beef totaled 11,700 metric tons (MT) and were up 45 percent from the previous week and up noticeably from the prior four-week average. Increases were reported for Japan, South Korea and Mexico. Exports totaled 12,300 MT and were down eight percent from the previous week and two percent from the prior four-week average. The primary destinations were Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Black weaning calves missing in SW OK


TSCRA Special Ranger Ben Eggleston reports 20 black calves missing from a property East of Erick in Beckham County.  Stolen some time after Nov. 15 were 20 head of black steers and heifers weighing between 550 to 600 pounds, each, with a D- brand on their right hip. If you have any information regarding these cattle, please call Special Ranger Eggleston at 806-852-4741.  

The Browning Blog: Surviving Winter Travel Weather


In the Nov. 23 edition of The Browning Blog, Climatologist Evelyn Browning Garriss and Historic Climatological Analyst James J. Garriss discuss what to expect from the winter travel season. Read more…

Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo Jan. 16 Tickets Are Sold Out


If you haven’t yet ordered your tickets for the FWSSR rodeo, take note that the Saturday, Jan. 16 event is sold out. But we still have plenty of tickets available for other days. The deadline to get your free grounds passes is Dec. 31 – be sure to get yours today! Click here for more information….

Disaster declared for 15 Texas counties hit by fall storms


Governor Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster Nov. 20 in Bastrop, Brazoria, Caldwell, Comal, Galveston, Guadalupe, Hardin, Harris, Hays, Hidalgo, Liberty, Navarro, Travis, Willacy, and Wilson Counties in the State of Texas. This declaration comes after preliminary damage assessments were finalized and federal declaration criteria was met. Read more…

Farmer to consumer beef sales growing

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Local food continues to be a growing segment and beef is part of that trend. Read more at Drovers CattleNetwork…

Cow-Calf Corner: Beef market in transition; Body condition score at calving is the key to young cow success

Photo courtesy Oklahoma State University

In the Nov. 23 edition of Cow-Calf Corner, a weekly newsletter from the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, Derrell Peel talks about the latest cattle market situation and where it may be going; and Glenn Selk discusses how a young cow’s body condition at calving could predict future success. Read more…

New Ways and Means Chairman Gives Speaker Ryan a Tax-Reform Partner


The promotion of Rep. Kevin Brady to chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee gives new House Speaker Paul Ryan a key partner on tax-reform efforts, according to experts. Selected by his Republican colleagues earlier this month to head the panel, Mr. Brady, R-Texas, succeeds Mr. Ryan, R-Wisc., in the role. The committee has jurisdiction over tax, trade and entitlement policy. Investment News : New Ways & Means chairman gives Speaker Ryan a tax-reform partner

Cattlemen Press Congress on Waters of the U.S. Rule


The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and Public Lands Council this week sent a letter to 11 democratic members of the Senate encouraging full withdrawal of the Waters of the U.S. rule. Despite the recent action by the Senate, NCBA President Philip Ellis and PLC President Brenda Richards said withdrawal of WOTUS remains a top priority for both associations. “We have a clear opportunity at the end of this year for Congress to withdraw the WOTUS rule and save cattle producers and the states, millions of dollars in litigation expense and years of delay,” Ellis said. Farm Futures : Cattlemen press Congress on Waters of the U.S. rule

Transportation Commission approves November Proposition 1 projects


The Texas Transportation Commission Thursday approved 9 roadway improvement projects using Proposition 1 funding. The projects, totaling almost $437 million worth of roadway construction, rehabilitation and restoration, will enhance the safety, mobility and connectivity in our state. Read more…

Beef down from October 2014 production numbers


The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released their livestock slaughter numbers for October on Thursday, reporting that commercial red meat production was down slightly from last year’s number, with beef coming in at 2 percent below October 2014’s count. Commercial red meat production for the U.S. totaled 4.31 billion pounds in October, down slightly from the 4.32 billion pounds produced in October 2014. Beef production, at 2.13 billion pounds, was 2 percent below the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.51 million head, down 5 percent from October 2014. The average live weight was up 35 pounds from the previous year, at 1,390 pounds. To read the full text of the report, visit www.usda.gov/nass. Read more…

US Drought Monitor and Summary, Nov. 17, 2015


Rains with the system at the end of the week fell where they were needed. Fueled with Gulf of Mexico moisture, the weather system dropped an inch or more of rain across northeast Texas and central to eastern Oklahoma. Parts of Oklahoma received over 2 inches of rain. D0 and D1 were trimmed or deleted in northeast Texas, eastern Oklahoma and Kansas. Areas of D0 and D1 were left where the rains were not as intense or were not enough to erase precipitation deficits that stretched back 2 months or more. Read more…

Medical insurance open enrollment ends Jan. 31


The latest round of open enrollment for individual medical insurance began Nov. 1 and ends on Jan. 31, 2016. The Cattle Raisers Insurance team is here to guide you through the process and answer your questions. Open enrollment ends Jan. 31, 2016. Read more…

Two East Texas men arrested in cattle theft case


Two East Texas men have been arrested and charged with felony theft of livestock in a case involving the theft of 3 cows from a Carthage rancher. TSCRA Special Rangers worked closely with local law enforcement, TSCRA market inspectors and livestock markets to identify the stolen cattle by their brands, track down the suspects and make arrests in the case. Read more…

Meat industries refute Consumer Reports' latest antibiotics claims

Picture courtesy Oklahoma State University

Consumer Reports’ much-promoted “report” on meat and antibiotic resistance provides no new information of value to consumers beyond the fact that there are a wide variety of safe choices available on the marketplace for consumers to select, the North American Meat Institute (NAMI) said Wednesday in a response to Consumer Reports’ latest article on its antibiotics series. “It is disappointing that Consumer Reports continues to perpetuate myths about ‘superbugs’ on meat and poultry products…” Read more at Drovers CattleNetwork…

USDA makes $350 million available to help states, private partners protect and restore grasslands and workinglands


Read more: USDA Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack Thursday announced the availability of $350 million to help landowners protect and restore key farmlands, grasslands and wetlands across the nation. The funding is provided through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), created by the 2014 Farm Bill to protect critical water resources and wildlife habitat, and encourage private owners to maintain land for farming and ranching. Through the voluntary sale of an easement, landowners limit future development to protect these key resources. “The benefits of restoring, enhancing and protecting these working agricultural lands and critical wetlands cannot be overstated,” Vilsack said. “USDA is committed to preserving working agricultural lands to help protect the long-term viability of farming across the Read more…

It’s what’s for dinner: Beef and asparagus pasta toss


This quick and flavorful recipe will become a family favorite. Read more at beefitswhatsfordinner.com…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Steers missing in Central Texas


TSCRA Special Ranger John Bradshaw, Dist. 9 in Central Texas, reports 14 head of mixed yearling steers missing from a property near Byers in Clay County. The steers are hornless red, black and yellow, yearlings that weigh 400 to 500 pounds, each, and have brands on the left hip. If you have any information regarding this case, please call Special Ranger Bradshaw at 940-389-6123.

Cattle Raisers at the Capitol


TSCRA President Pete Bonds, right, enjoyed the opportunity to speak with newly appointed Chairman of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee Kevin Brady, left, on Wednesday in Washington, D.C. Bonds and Brady visited about the cattle industry and beef trade opportunities.

Cattle Raisers holiday sale begins


Cattle Raisers Trading Co. is offering discounts to our members and friends this holiday season! Spend $50 and get $5 off with promo code HOLIDAY5, spend $100 and get $10 off with promo code HOLIDAY10, or spend $150 and get $15 off with promo code HOLIDAY15. Discounts cannot be combined and discounts will not be applied to gate sign sales. Don’t forget to trim your Christmas tree with our collectible “Posted” gate sign ornament. Click here to go to the Cattle Raisers Trading Co. online store.

Texas crop, weather, for Nov. 18, 2015

This year’s spinach harvest in South Central Texas has shown both good yield and quality so far. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo

While Mother Nature has been less than kind to South Central Texas, the agricultural losses caused by these natural woes have been less than expected. The recent fire in Bastrop County did not destroy much large agricultural property, plus displaced livestock were protected and fed at the Livestock Supply Point. Pastures hit by the fire were already greening up and did not appear to have suffered any long-term damage. In the agriculturally prolific Winter Garden area, which consists primarily of Dimmit, Frio, La Salle and Zavala counties and includes parts of Atascosa, Maverick, McMullen, Bexar, Medina, Wilson and Uvalde counties, recent flooding did not damage many crops. Read more…

Red River landowners take battle with feds to court

Seven families are suing the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in federal district court, accusing the agency of perpetrating an “arbitrary seizure” of land along a 116-mile strip of the river, whose meandering has spurred a century’s worth of property disputes along the Texas-Oklahoma border. Read more at The Texas Tribune…

Precipitation and profits signal cowherd expansion

TAMU AgriLife Extension Service photo by Blair Fannin

CattleFax Market Analyst Lance Zimmerman talks drought, rain, the 2015 cattle markets and herd expansion. Read more at Beef Issues Quarterly…

Save 10% on Cattle Raisers Expo Space


SPONSORED CONTENT Companies that are Allied Members of Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) save 10 percent on booth space at the 2016 Cattle Raisers Expo, April 8 to 10, Fort Worth. Read more…

Join your region's water planning group


The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) releases the state water plan every 5 years and they want you in on the planning process. Find your region’s planning group by visiting twdb.texas.gov for more information on becoming more involved.  Based on 16 regional water plans, the state plan addresses the needs of all water user groups in the state – municipal, irrigation, manufacturing, livestock, mining, and steam-electric power stakeholders. Read more at Texas Water Development Board…

Mule deer season begins soon; forecast promising

picture courtesy Chris Sgaraglino

The general mule deer season begins Saturday, Nov. 21 in the Panhandle and southwestern Panhandle, and Friday, Nov. 27 in the Trans-Pecos. Mule deer, like most big game animals, are faring very well this year as a result of increased rainfall. All indicators point to a plentiful harvest. Remember that if you take a mule deer inside the Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Containment Zone that you are required to submit it  for sampling at a check station within 24 hours of take. Read more at Texas Parks and Wildlife Department…

TDA Market Recap, Nov. 17, 2015

Texas Department of Agriculture

For the week ending Nov. 14, 2015, Texas auctions quoted feeder cattle prices $2 to $20 lower. Wholesale beef values were lower, with Choice Grade losing $7.15 to close at $209.30 per cwt and Select Grade losing $7.64 to close at $199.05 per cwt. For the period of Oct. 30 – Nov. 5, 2015, net sales of beef totaled 8,100 metric tons (MT) for 2015 and were up noticeably from the previous week and up 19 percent from the prior four-week average. Increases were reported for Mexico, South Korea and Japan. Exports totaled 13,300 MT and were up 10 percent from the previous week and prior four-week average. The primary destinations were Japan, Hong Kong and South Korea. Read more…

Cattlemen urge Congress to address expired tax extenders legislation


The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association along with the Public Lands Council and 37 additional agriculture groups sent a letter to House and Senate leadership urging Congress to take up legislation addressing expired tax extenders. NCBA President Philip Ellis of Chugwater, Wyo., said it is critical to address expired tax provisions for long-term business planning. Read more…

El Niño strengthening, will be among biggest on record: WMO


The El Niño weather pattern, a phenomenon associated with extreme droughts, storms and floods, is expected to strengthen before the end of the year and become one of the strongest on record, the U.N. weather agency said on Monday. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said this El Niño was already “strong and mature” and the biggest in more than 15 years. Read more at Reuters

FDA hits start button on major new food safety  rules


The FDA on Friday rolled out the first federal food-safety standards for fresh produce and also finalized regulations for verifying that imported foods are free of pathogens — in rules mandated by the landmark Food Safety Modernization Act signed into law nearly five years ago. Read more at Agri-Pulse…